11 August 2017

New Trumpian threats

Yahoo has an article by Oliver Knox about the latest:

In his latest broadside at North Korea, President Trump bluntly warned dictator Kim Jong Un that the American military was “locked and loaded” in case the country should “act unwisely. Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!” Trump said on Twitter.
It was not clear exactly what sort of “military solutions” Trump was referring to, or what precisely would constitute unwise action by the North Korean leader.
But North Korea said on Thursday it was putting together a plan to fire four missiles in the direction of the American territory of Guam, a Pacific island home to large American military installations.
Trump’s warning came a day after Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters in Silicon Valley that the US effort to “get this under control” was “diplomatically led”, “gaining traction”, and “gaining diplomatic results.”
Mattis underlined that he wanted to “stay right there right now” and warned that the cost of conflict could be “catastrophic”, but also said that when it comes to the American military, “we are ready.”
Trump has delivered several blistering warnings to Pyongyang, as he and his top advisers work to resolve the most serious international confrontation of his barely two hundred-day-old administration. One of them, a threat on Tuesday to rain “fire and fury” on the isolated Stalinist country, surprised senior advisers.
Tensions have steadily escalated since July, when North Korea fired two intercontinental ballistic missiles — tests that showed its rockets could reach American soil, according to intelligence officials. The United States responded by rallying an unusual fifteen-to-zero United Nations Security Council vote in favor of a package of tough new economic sanctions on the regime. This week, news outlets have reported that American intelligence confirmed a finding by Japan’s defense ministry that North Korea has likely developed warheads small enough to fit on its missiles.
There are still many questions about Pyongyang’s capabilities: how reliable are its guidance systems? Has it devised reentry systems to ensure that its warheads would not burn up in the atmosphere?
On Thursday, Trump convened a briefing on the standoff with Vice President Mike Pence, national security adviser General H.R. McMaster, CIA Director Mike Pompeo and White House chief of staff John Kelly.
“Let’s see what he does with Guam,” Trump told reporters afterwards, referring to Kim. “If he does something in Guam, it will be an event the likes of which nobody’s seen before. what will happen to North Korea.”
Trump was then asked whether that statement constituted a dare to Kim.
“It’s not a dare. It’s a statement. It has nothing to do with a dare,” Trump responded. “That’s a statement. He’s not going to go around threatening Guam, and he’s not going to threaten the United States, and he’s not going to threaten Japan, and he’s not going to threaten South Korea.”
Rico says the guy always looks angry...

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